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Matt Blake

4th Grade Teacher

At McGillis since 2008

 

Contact Matt Blake: mblake@mcgillisschool.org

 

Education:

B.A., Outdoor Recreation Leadership, and Instruction, Western State College of Colorado
M.Ed., Elementary Education, Antioch University

 

Bio:
After teaching at an international bilingual school in Honduras for two years, Matt chose to come to Utah to work at McGillis. Matt's education career has also taken him to Australia, Germany, and Ecuador where he has taught fourth grade, been an outdoor education instructor, and guided kayaking, mountaineering, and scuba programs. Matt's favorite way to travel is by bicycle. He has done several multi-day tours ranging from 500-2000 miles. He has summited three 6000 meter peaks, trekked through the Amazon Jungle, and volunteered for a medical organization in Honduras. Most he and his family have established their roots in the Salt Lake City area where he enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing with his wife and twin girls.

 

I am currently reading:
Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

 

I am learning to:
Rebuild the rim joists and siding my house

 

Favorite McGillis lunch:
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

 

Favorite McGillis tradition:
The 5th Grade Watershed field trips

 

Favorite McGillis moment:
Unrolling the McGillis School Torah in the MAC

 

The defining moment that led to your career in education:
I was teaching an outdoor education lesson on the coast of California. While sitting under the giant redwood trees I realized that I love to teach young people as much as I love adventure. From then on I decided I wanted to base my career on bringing a sense of adventure into the classroom.

 

What is a powerful moment you experienced at school?
I'll never forget waking up with my sixth-grade classmates and walking to the beach to see the sunset. We had just spent a week in a program called Nature's Classroom. The experience taught me the value of learning by doing alongside friends. I felt safe, tuned in, and alive.